LAHORE: Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was laid to rest on Friday, in Jati Umra, Lahore, next to the resting place of her father-in-law Mian Sharif and brother-in-law Abbas Sharif.
The funeral prayers were attended by Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shehbaz and other Sharif family members excluding Begum Kulsoom’s son Hassan and Hussain Nawaz. A protective human chain was formed around Sharif so that the funeral prayers could be offered. Also, thousands of people, top politicians and PML-N supporters attended her funeral prayers in Lahore.
The leadership of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf including Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser attended the funeral prayers.
Her funeral prayers, led by renowned cleric Tariq Jameel, were offered at a ground at Lahore’s Sharif Medical City, after which her body was transported to Jati Umra amid high security.
On Tuesday, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz breathed her last at London’s Harley Street Clinic after a prolonged battle with cancer.
A PIA flight carrying the casket had landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore at 6:40am today (Friday) from where it was shifted to Sharif Medical Comlex, Jati Umra amid strict security.
Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) M Safdar, currently serving jail terms in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July, have been released on parole for Kulsoom’s funeral.
13 members of Sharif family, including Shehbaz Sharif, Asma Nawaz, sons of Husssain Nawaz and other relatives have come to Pakistan along with the casket via PIA flight PK 758.
The Punjab home department has issued a notification announcing an extension in the parole already awarded to Sharif for additional five days – September 12 (4pm) to September 17 (4pm).
On Thursday, hundreds of people attended the funeral prayers of Kulsoom at London’s Regent Park mosque. They chanted slogans of ‘we salute to the mother of democracy’.
The funeral prayers were attended by her sons Hassan and Hussain, brother-in-law Shehbaz Sharif, former ministers Chaudhry Nisar and Ishaq Dar among others.
Born into a Kashmiri family in Lahore, she attended Islamia College and Foreman Christian College University for her graduation. Kulsoom was married to Nawaz Sharif, with whom she has four children. Kulsoom Nawaz served as the President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from 1999 to 2002.
Kulsoom became First Lady of Pakistan for the first time after her husband, Nawaz Sharif, became Prime Minister of Pakistan on 1 November 1990.
Begum Kulsoom was diagnosed with lymphoma (throat) cancer in August 2017. She had undergone several sessions of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Initially, she showed signs of improvement but as of late her condition deteriorated. She passed away on September 11, 2018.